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Steilacoom ferry terminal to close for renovations

Post by Steve Maynard / The News Tribune on Dec. 23, 2011 at 1:47 pm with 2 Comments »
December 23, 2011 1:53 pm

The Steilacoom ferry terminal will close for four months starting the evening of Jan. 3 for renovations, Pierce County announced today.

Passengers can purchase tickets starting Jan. 4 at the temporary ticketing facility across from the terminal or online at www.piercecountywa.org/ferry.

A portable restroom and a covered waiting area will be available outside for passengers during construction. The remodeled terminal is expected to be completed in mid-May in time for Memorial Day traffic. The renovation will not affect ferry service between Steilacoom and Anderson and Ketron Islands.

Here’s a news release on the renovation:

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 23, 2011

Steilacoom ferry terminal will close for four months for renovations

The Steilacoom ferry terminal will close for four months starting the evening of Jan. 3. Passengers can purchase tickets beginning Jan. 4 at the temporary ticketing facility located in the parking space directly across from the terminal or online at www.piercecountywa.org/ferry.

A portable restroom and a temporary covered waiting area will be available outside for passengers during construction. The updated terminal is expected to be completed in mid-May, just in time for Memorial Day traffic.

“We appreciate the public’s patience and we look forward to the improved terminal,” said Deb Wallace, airport and ferry administrator for Pierce County Public Works and Utilities. “We are encouraging riders to buy tickets online so they don’t have to walk to the temporary ticketing area and endure the cold weather,” Wallace added.

The remodel includes:

• WIFI access and upgrades to the ticketing system

• New energy efficient windows and waiting room furniture

• Updates to interior finishes

• Restroom renovation

A 2010 survey of ferry patrons helped create a mutual vision of the completed facility. The town of Steilacoom helped Pierce County Public Works and Utilities develop a plan that complies with the community’s historical preservation guidelines. Special consideration was given to building materials that are sustainable, durable, and affordable.

The renovation will also improve energy efficiency to meet the 2009 Energy Code adopted by Washington State earlier this year. The upgraded materials will provide lower maintenance costs.

For more information visit www.piercecountywa.org/ferry.

Leave a comment Comments → 2
  1. BlaineCGarver says:

    It’s funny how a home owner can improve conditions without tearing down or moving out of their home. Here’s more wasted money at a time when DOT should be saving money.

  2. ReadNLearn says:

    They could build three or four replacements during that time…does the average person know how small that building is?

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